Our Staff

wrightbill

Bill Wright, Ph.D.
Director

Lauren K Broffman

Lauren K. Broffman, MA
Associate Research Scientist

brownkristin

Kristin Brown
Administrator

campbellamy

Amy Campbell, BA
Research Assistant II

cohenclinehannah

Hannah Cohen-Cline, Ph.D., MPH
Research Scientist

currierjessica

Jessica Currier, MPH
Graduate Research Associate

dickeylindsay

Lindsay E. Dickey, MPH
Research Analyst

Kristen Dulacki

Kristen Dulacki, MPH
Project Manager

fishdan

Daniel J. Fish, Ph.D.
Research Analyst

gerowmark

Mark D. Gerow
Data Warehouse Analyst

Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman, MS
Data Warehouse Analyst

holtorfmegan

Megan Holtorf, MPH, CCRP
Research Analyst

jewellkelley

Kelley J. Jewell
Administrative Assistant 3

juarezperezerica

Erica Millan-Juarez
Lead Data Clerk

mallinckrodtclodine

Clodine Mallinckrodt
Manager of Data Science and Analytics

olsonnikki

Nikki Olson
Associate Director

parkmanbeno

Samuel Beno Parkman
Reporting Analyst II

rinaldijb

J.B. Rinaldi
Project Manager

robinsoncassandra

Cassandra L. Robinson, MS, LPN
Graduate Research Associate

royalnatalie

Natalie Royal, MS, MPH
Associate Research Scientist

thompsonjt

JT Thompson
Research Assistant 2

transarah

Sarah Tran, MPH
Research Analyst III

vartaniankeri

Keri Vartanian, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

wellermaggie

Maggie Weller, MS
Project Manager

Yu_ChiaHua

Chia-Hua Yu, MBI
Reporting Analyst II

sanchezkiesha

Kiesha Sanchez
Project Manager

shepherdsamantha

Samantha Shepherd
Operations Manager

buckley

RE Buckley
Research Assistant II


wrightbill

Bill Wright, Ph.D.
Director

503-215-7170
Email

Biography
Bill J. Wright, Ph.D., is the director of CORE. Dr. Wright is a sociologist with a principal focus on survey design, and specializes in longitudinal research with low-income and vulnerable populations. His research focuses on the intersection between health policy, health systems design and the social determinants of health. Dr. Wright has led numerous studies of low-income Oregonians, and he is a principal investigator on the Oregon Health Study, the first-ever randomized trial on the effects of health insurance. His other research has examined cost sharing structures in Medicaid, the impact of continuity and churning in Medicaid, the impacts of accountable care health reform on outcomes for people served by Medicaid and the role of built and social environments as drivers of population health.

Areas of expertise
Health care policy research Social determinants of health research

Education
Ph.D. in Sociology, 2002

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Wright B, Vartanian K, Royal N, Li HF, Matson J. Formerly Homeless People Had Lower Overall Health Expenditures After Moving into Supportive Housing. Health Affairs, Vol. 35, (2016) 20-27.

Wright B, Conlin AK, Allen H, Tsui J, Carlson MJ, Li HF. (2015), What does Medicaid expansion mean for cancer screening and prevention? Results from a randomized trial on the impacts of acquiring Medicaid coverage. Cancer. First published online 9 Dec 2015.

Baicker K, Wright B, Olson N. Reevaluating Reports of Defensive Medicine: Implications for System Reform. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. 2015 Oct 7

Taubman S, Allen H, Wright B, Baicker K, Finkelstein A. Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use: Evidence from Oregon`s Health Insurance Experiment. Science. 2014 Jan 17; 343(6168):263-8.

Allen H, Baicker K, Wright B.  New Medicaid Enrollees in Oregon Report Health Care Successes and Challenges. Health Affairs.  2014 Feb, 33(2): 292-299.

Allen H, Wright B, Harding K, Broffman L. The Role of Stigma in Access to Health Care for the Poor. Milbank Quarterly, 2014 June, 92(2): 289-318.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
The opportunity to make an impact in a place where “impact” isn't just how many papers you publish, but how many policies and systems change in ways that make people's lives better.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Somewhere along the way, health care became about delivering the services instead of creating health. I'm really intrigued by the idea of helping it get back to a more human-focused core identity.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
The way we are able to thread science into policy by bringing the rigor of academic research to the point in time when decisions are actually being made. It's a tricky but rewarding balancing act.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Oregon is a living laboratory for health reform. It's a place that's not afraid to try innovative things. That's a great environment to do this kind of work!

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Lauren K Broffman

Lauren K. Broffman, MA
Associate Research Scientist
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Biography
Lauren is an associate research scientist at Providence Health & Services Center for Outcomes Research and Education and a doctoral candidate at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. 

Areas of expertise
Program evaluation
Organizational development and management
Qualitative and case study methodology
Health policy 

Education
Doctoral Candidate, New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, Policy and Management Master of Arts, Columbia University 
Bachelor of Arts, New York University 

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The Life Study as part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population.

ACO Case Study: “Funding Accountable Care in Oregon,” Journal of Health Care Management. Article accepted.

Broffman, L, Spurlock, M, Dulacki, K, Campbell, A, Rodriguez, F, Wright, B, McConnell, J, Warne D, Davis MM. Understanding Treatment Gaps for Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Use in South Dakota: A Qualitative Study of Rural Perspectives. Journal of Rural Health. Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
CORE's research tackles the challenge of health care transformation from all angles. We think about the policy lens, the patient experience, organizational strategy and the systems perspective.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
At CORE, we believe that everyone is entitled to good health and it is our responsibility to help build a health care system that realizes this goal.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
CORE leverages a team of experts to produce timely and actionable results. It is an honor and a point of pride to work with such esteemed colleagues and harness our collective knowledge to guide health care transformation in the right direction.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I don't! Because of my doctoral work at NYU, I telecommute to Oregon from New York City (and miss the beautiful Pacific Northwest every day). I do spend several weeks a year on site in Portland to work face-to-face with colleagues and stakeholders for various projects.

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Kristin Brown
Administrator
503-215-7339
Email 

Biography
Kristin joined the CORE team with the expansion of the Oregon Health Study in 2010 and has played many parts—from project manager to qualitative interviewer, from grant writer to analyst. In her current role, she partners with the administrative team to guide internal policy, and oversees the team's development and communications strategies.

Areas of expertise
Grant writing
Program evaluation
Group facilitation
Process improvement
Qualitative interviewing
Focus groups 

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The CCO Case Study Project, 2012-2015.
VeggieCam: A Photovoice Evaluation, 2015-2016
Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative Community Engagement Workgroup, 2015-2016 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
CORE amplifies the voices of those in our community who often go unseen and unheard. We learn so much by actually listening to real people.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
If we can improve care AND reduce costs, we can use those savings to pay for other cool stuff, like education, roads, parks, spaceships... etc.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
At our heart is a spirit of ingenuity. We're problem-solvers, we're tenacious and we're energized by challenges. I'm proud of the many times we made the impossible possible.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Surfing in the rain! Then warming up by the bonfire with a hoppy Oregon beer.

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Amy Campbell, BA
Research Assistant II
503-215-7159
Email   

Biography
Amy joined the CORE team as a research assistant in March of 2014. Prior to joining CORE, she worked in program evaluation and qualitative research in child care quality and early education for more than six years with the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of CORE, she serves as a member of the board for HEAR, a foster care research group committed to improving the lives and health of former foster children.

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Chapman University              

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The Life Study as part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population. 

Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 – 2017.

Broffman, L, Spurlock, M, Dulacki, K, Campbell, A, Rodriguez, F, Wright, B, McConnell, J, Warne D, Davis MM. Understanding Treatment Gaps for Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Use in South Dakota: A Qualitative Study of Rural Perspectives. Journal of Rural Health.  Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.   

Q & A
What is it about CORE that drew you to work here?
The mission to improving the quality of patient care, access to care, the general well-being of the Medicaid population and the community as a whole.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Improving social and physical environments will promote better health for our society as a whole. Our current health care system is designed mostly to treat disease rather than keeping people mentally and physically healthy, and I would like to be part of the movement to change our health care system to a more integrated wellness-based model.

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cohenclinehannah

Hannah Cohen-Cline, Ph.D., MPH
Research Scientist
503-215-7188
Email 

Biography
Hannah joined CORE in 2015 as a research scientist after completing her graduate work in epidemiology. She is passionate about epidemiology because it offers the potential to better understand what factors impact health and disease, and to design interventions that improve public health. Her previous work includes investigating the mechanisms by which the social and built environment influence health, examining the health consequences of the inequitable distribution of resources across different populations and exploring how and why individuals access health care.

Areas of expertise
Epidemiology 

Education
Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Washington
Masters of Public Health, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Health: Sciences, Society and Policy, Brandeis University
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Brandeis University 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
CORE's ability to make a direct impact on population health through cutting-edge translational research that supports underserved populations.

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Jessica Currier, MPH
Graduate Research Associate
503-740-7788 

Biography
Jessica joined CORE as a graduate research associate in 2014. To date, her work has focused on developing scientific instruments for studies and conducting qualitative research. Jessica is a second-year PhD student in health systems and policy at the Portland State University/Oregon Health Science University School of Community Health. Her research focuses on addressing issues related to equity of access to health care for medically vulnerable populations, particularly comparative effectiveness of alternative workforce models in rural Oregon communities.

Jessica earned a Master's degree in public health from Oregon State University in 2014. As part of this program Jessica worked in Vietnam, conducting health system policy research focused on sectors of the population that did not qualify for government support. Prior to her career in public health, Jessica worked in the field of philanthropy and continues to provide consultation for community partners. Jessica is currently the program coordinator for the Central Oregon Regional Action Initiative, a position she has held since 2008. In this role, Jessica led a group of nine civic leaders in the design and implementation of a $1.5 million investment to improve student academic achievement and increase parent and community engagement. Prior to her role as program coordinator, Jessica served as the donor relations officer for the Oregon Community Foundation. In this capacity, she helped connect fund donors with charitable causes they cared about. She and her husband, Phil, have two children.

Areas of expertise
Public policy analysis
Getting through graduate school 

Education
PhD student in Health System & Policy, expected graduation 2017, Portland State University
Masters of Public Health in International Health, Oregon State University
Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance, Lewis and Clark College 

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Project ECHO Feasibility Study
Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 – 2017.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The organization's mission and high quality research.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
I believe equity of access to health care is fundamentally important for everyone.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
Working with the Patient Advisory Team, PCORI BHI Study, to develop survey instruments and interview guides.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The people and the landscape, especially east of the mountains.

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Lindsay E. Dickey, MPH
Research Analyst
503-215-6896
Email

Biography
Lindsay joined CORE in 2014 and works primarily with developing and maintaining performance metrics for health organizations.   In her education, Lindsay developed an interest in spatial trends of health and disease, and how social factors impact mental health and health behaviors.             

Education
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University      

Q & A              
What drew you to working at CORE?
Core pursues questions and produces information that are current and relevant to transforming health care and reducing health disparities in Oregon today. While I was drawn to CORE by the quality and content of the work, CORE's passionate and collaborative small-shop culture allows me to enjoy every day.   

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
For this position, I've learned a lot about different data systems as well as the complexities of quantifying health care transformation. My current projects also expose me to a number of new and innovative software for spatial and standard data visualizations.   

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love the easy access to forests, mountains and coast that Portland's location allows. I also love that bikes and cars share the roads well, the weird tater-tot thing going on, and that my sense of fashion feels right at home here!

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Kristen Dulacki

Kristen Dulacki, MPH
Project Manager
503-215-7170
Email

Biography
Kristen Dulacki joined CORE in May of 2009 as a field supervisor on the Oregon Health Study. Now, as project manager, she works on a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation projects.

Her project topics have been wide ranging and include: measuring workplace wellness, the effect of adverse childhood experiences, health needs assessments, behavioral health integration, clinical quality improvement and evaluation of programs that impact vulnerable populations. She is also currently working on a number of program evaluation projects for the Providence Community Health Division.

Before joining CORE, she worked as a research associate and exercise physiologist in the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, where she conducted clinical exercise testing and managed a variety clinical and social science research projects.

Education
Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sports Science, Oregon State University
Masters of Public Health, Portland State University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Health Engagement Model Evaluation (HEM) (first paper to be published in the American Journal of Health Promotion)

Davis MM, Spurlock M, Dulacki K, Meath T, Li HF, McCarty D, Warne D, Wright B, McConnel KJ. Disparities in Alcohol, Drug Use, and Mental Health Condition Prevalence and Access to Care in Rural, Isolated, and Reservation Areas: Findings from the South Dakota Health Survey. Journal of Rural Health. Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015

Broffman, L, Spurlock, M, Dulacki, K, Campbell, A, Rodriguez, F, Wright, B, McConnell, KJ, Warne D, Davis MM. Understanding Treatment Gaps for Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Use in South Dakota: A Qualitative Study of Rural Perspectives. Journal of Rural Health. Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.

Evaluation of the Community Resource Desks for the Providence Community Health Division

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking and unique Oregon Health Study

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
There's only so much impact you can have at the individual level when you understand the social determinates of health and the factors outside of the control of people. Improving the health care system as a whole could help entire populations and communities be healthier, happier, and live longer, more productive lives. 

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
The Oregon Health Study, both the quantitative and qualitative studies 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love the beauty of Oregon and the variety of activities available from the mountains to the beaches. Also the downtown skyline over the Willamette River in Portland is beautiful.

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Daniel J. Fish, Ph.D.
Research Analyst
503-215-3147
Email 

Biography
Daniel joined the data science team at CORE in March 2015 as a research analyst specializing in numerical analysis, statistical programming, and modeling and simulation of complex systems.

He received his Ph.D. from Portland State University in systems science with a concentration in mathematics. He has research experience in mathematics, biophysics, bioinformatics, genomics, medical diagnostics and biostatistics. He has a broad analytical and computational background in numerical and statistical techniques in data analysis and scientific research, including predictive modeling, numerical simulation, pattern discovery and classification, algorithm development and analysis of experimental data.

Areas of expertise
Numerical analysis
Statistical programming
Modeling and simulation 

Education
Ph.D., Systems Science / Mathematics, Portland State University
Master of Arts, Mathematics, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of Florida 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to work with a great team of very smart and energetic researchers who are invested in the community and are driving health care transformation.

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Mark D. Gerow
Data Warehouse Analyst
  
503-215-7170      
Email

Biography
Mark Gerow has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, most recently in health care IT. He enjoys streamlining development cycles and showing clients how to better use their data to drive their business needs. Prior to joining CORE, Mark worked with the state of Oregon, where he worked helping with system design and architecture, including supporting the transition of Oregon's health insurance exchange to the federal platform. He has also worked at Cognizant after many years with Xerox and ACS Inc. Mark has managed and mentored programmers and all phases of software development, from concept and production to post-production changes and modifications.

Mark enjoys learning about history. He and his family like to take in the spectacular natural areas around Portland.

Areas of expertise
Data architecture, data warehousing, software development, system analytics, data reporting 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I moved from the private sector to the public sector work to have a greater impact in my community. When I learned about the opportunity with CORE, I grew more excited about having a greater impact to help our communities get healthy.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Seeing the impact our overall community health has a greater impact in our communities in other ways.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
I'm excited about how our work can help communities provide better health and other services. 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
The mountains, trees, rivers, lakes and oceans!

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Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman, MS
Data Warehouse Analyst
503-215-2593
Email  

Biography
Andy joined CORE in the fall of 2013 to support and assist in the continued development of CORE's data-intensive projects. He hails from Montana, though has lived throughout the Northwest, working in the fields of aerospace, bioinformatics and medical devices. These varied fields consistently involved lots of data and mathematical modeling.

One of Andy's significant experiences was his years as a Peace Corps Education volunteer in Kenya. He is excited to have joined CORE, where his technical skills and his ideals can combine to assist in improving health care for the underserved. 

Education
Master of Science, Mathematics, Oregon State University
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Physics, College of Idaho

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Andy has been heavily involved with the creation and continuous improvement of a reporting tool developed by CORE and used by Health Share of Oregon. This tool has assisted Health Share to better guide preventive care in the tri-county area.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
Good people and good ideals.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
People have to be healthy to have a fair shake at life. Income levels should not affect that.

What is your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
As everyone does, I enjoy living in a pet-friendly town with great music, food and beer, and easy access to both the mountains and the ocean.

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holtorfmegan

Megan Holtorf, MPH, CCRP
Research Analyst
503-215-1564

Biography
Megan joined CORE's data science team in October 2014. Her experience in research has stretched from basic science to clinical trials and population health. Prior to joining CORE, Megan coordinated adult oncology trials within the Knight Cancer Institute.

Areas of expertise
Biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trial management and spatial analysis

Education
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Portland State University
Graduate Certificate, Biomedical Ethics, Portland State University
Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, Portland State University
Master of Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University

Recent Projects
Health Commons
Health Share of Oregon Analytics
Washington Health Care Authority Dashboards
It Takes a Neighborhood

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The nature of CORE’s work across sectors and regions gives us a unique perspective on the systems and environments that contribute to improving population health.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
As researchers and program evaluators, we work within the health care community to effect real change. We value community partnerships and collaboration at all levels of our work.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love getting outside and exploring every corner of Oregon. There isn’t a trail, river or back road that isn’t worthy of adventure.

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jewellkelley

Kelley J. Jewell
Administrative Assistant 3
503-215-2593
Email 

Biography
Kelley joined CORE in October 2015 as an administrative assistant. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where she volunteered as a teen at Providence Hospital. She attended Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where she majored in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education with an English Literature emphasis. She has worked in the legal industry as a private investigator, genealogist, process service coordinator and administrative assistant for many years in both the Seattle and Portland metro areas. 

Areas of expertise
Legal support, investigations, genealogy, staff support 

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Teaching Certification, Whitworth University

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
It's an honor to support a group of people who are working to improve the health of this community in real and impactful ways.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Living in a place where my ancestors settled after crossing the Oregon Trail is like coming full circle. I love the history of Oregon, the land and the people.

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juarezperezerica

Erica Millan-Juarez
Lead Data Clerk
503-215-7170
Email

Biography
Erika has worked at CORE since 2009, starting as a data entry clerk and moving to lead clerk. In this role, she is critical to CORE's research work. She manages and verifies the surveys that CORE sends to participants and manages the data base system as well as the incentives to survey participants. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going hiking.

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 – 2017.

The Life Study, part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population. 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
What drew me to work at core is the opportunity to learn new skills and be able to grow here at CORE. And the research we do helps many people improve their health 

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
The accomplishment of getting all the surveys sent out in a short time and quickly entered in when we received them back.

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Clodine Mallinckrodt
Manager of Data Science and Analytics
503-215-7415
Email

Biography
Clodine Mallinckrodt is Manager of Data Science & Analytics. She is also an adjunct instructor for a new class she is developing for the University of Great Falls, Montana for a new online Health Care Informatics Certificate Program.

From Wall Street to MarCom Way, Clodine's varied background includes the early days of interactive marketing communications, distance learning, data security and strategy consulting. She enjoys enabling analyst teams to deliver data visualization and exploration tools to decision-makers.

In four short years, Clodine has had the honor of serving in a variety of technology-centric areas at Providence Health and Services. After starting in eHealth/Digital Health Services, she served for a year and a half as Manager of Planning Analytics for Oregon Region Strategic & Business Planning in SMS, followed by a year in Health Care Intelligence as Manager of Ambulatory & Physician Services Reporting & Analytics at the system level, before joining CORE.

An advocate of usability and interaction design, Clodine is an active member of the Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO). She served pro bono for the Board 2013-2015. During her two years as Program Chair of CHIFOO, Clodine produced a workshop series on how to conduct ethnographic fieldwork and a year-long monthly speaker series. 

Education
Bachelor of Arts, French language and literature, Wellesley College
Concentration in computer science, including Masters-level studies at the MIT Media Lab
Independent Studies in advertising and multimedia

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Clodine's position in CORE is a new one. As such, her primary focus has been in introducing tools and creating systems and procedures to better support the work of her talented and rapidly expanding team and their CORE colleagues. 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
As a community activist and someone who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, I'm thrilled to be able to help support the work of a research group like CORE. Here, my colleagues are taking a look at population health through a variety of lenses, including the built environment and social determinants of health.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
A neighbor lost her home due to a medical bankruptcy. It is tough to explain that – and even my job – to relations in western Europe, where health care is universal and not a business per se. I feel my values are in alignment with the Providence Mission of taking care of the poor and vulnerable, and with the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
I'm excited to help connect rich data sets CORE has collected over the years with new information to enable the team to do even more data science.

What your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Oregon's amazing bounty of fresh, healthy food. The farm-to-table movement is alive and strong here. My husband and I love journeys along the lines of “healthy gourmet” through experimenting in the kitchen and adventurous dining out – always eager to explore the intersection of “food as medicine” with “still tasty”.

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Nikki Olson
Associate Director
503-215-8963
Nicole.Olson2@providence.org

Biography
To Nikki, the cause of health disparities for low-income populations is well documented in the various data sets held by the agencies and entities who are working individually on the social determinants of health. Combining health care, education, housing, public safety and other services, she brings both people and data sets together to help identify what can collectively be done to improve the outcomes for the people they serve.

At CORE she is leading a team of analysts and developers in the design of health care data system that links medical claims data with these other data sources for the Washington Health Care Authority to support the state’s Accountable Communities of Health and the Healthy Living Collaborative. The team is also working on research projects to leveraging these data with a particular focus on outcomes for poor and vulnerable populations and the impact of social determinants of health on those outcomes. In 2013 the team created and supports a data system to support quality, cost and utilization reporting at the Oregon Health Authority for Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations. It has evolved into a means for research and program evaluations conducted at CORE to assess the impacts of system-level and statewide transformation efforts aimed to improve health, quality of care and cost of care for Oregon's Medicaid population.

Areas of expertise
Health care analytics
Medicaid program
Social determinants of health

Education
Masters of Art in Sociology with a focus on health and health policy, Portland State University

Recent projects, publications or presentations
Panel at Health Datapalooza - Finding untapped value through sharing and use of multi-sector data
Health Commons Project
Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The amazing CORE staff who are so dedicated to improving community health and supporting each other.

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Samuel Beno Parkman
Reporting Analyst II
503-215-0875
Email 

Biography
Beno joined CORE in 2014 as a contractor with the data science team. His value as a diversified technical expert quickly became apparent. He was hired as an employee in early 2015.

As a reporting analyst, his primary functions are interactive dashboard development, support and automation, using Excel while migrating towards a Tableau solution, a desktop and web-based data visualization tool. He has extensive experience with Excel, VBA, SQL Server, MS Access and enterprise-level business intelligence. He is also the owner/administrator of the Study Participant Database.

Beno has more than 20 years of technical experience working in industries such as engineering, travel distribution and consumer packaged goods. His combined experience, analytical thinking and attention to detail and presentation will help CORE expand its presence in the field of health care research in the future.

He is originally from Los Angeles, and has lived in Chicago and Washington state, but has chosen to make Portland his home.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to work with a very diversified intellectual group and contribute in an equally diversified way.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
I believe health care should be a right for all. One of the impediments to achieving that is the inefficiencies in its current implementation. The more we improve it, the more available it can be to all.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
Many of the projects on which I work save people time. Lots of time. I am glad I can help people do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The beauty, the culture, the variety. Portland is a gem of a city. Not too big and not too small. It has everything I want living in a city without many of the bigger city problems.

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rinaldijb

J.B. Rinaldi
Project Manager
503-215-8047
Email 

Biography
JB joined CORE in August 2009 to work on the Oregon Health Study. He is now a project manager focusing his time on completing projects with the high quality results on which CORE's reputation has been built.

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The Health Commons Project
State Innovation Model (SIM) – evaluating the spread of the coordinated care model 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I have always been interested in both health care and population health and enjoy working at CORE because of the direct and tangible impact it has on local policies and the health care system as a whole.

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Cassandra L. Robinson, MS, LPN
Graduate Research Associate
503-215-1960
Email

Biography
Cassandra joined CORE as a graduate research associate in September 2014. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Community Health at Portland State University. Prior to joining CORE, Cassandra taught as adjunct faculty at the National College of Natural Medicine in the Masters of Nutrition program. She also previously worked in areas of clinical research, pediatric nursing and health insurance licensing.

Areas of expertise
Community health, health policy, nutrition, integrative medicine, nursing, qualitative design & methods

Education
Doctoral Student (2nd Year), Community Health, Portland State University
Master of Science, Integrative Medicine Research, National College of Natural Medicine
Certificate, Practical Nursing, University of Montana
Certificate, Photography, Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Wisconsin

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Oregon Health Authority Coding
High Value Health Care Collaborative
Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative
Behavioral Health Integration, Kaiser
Healthy Living Collaborative evaluation 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I was drawn to CORE because of the community partnerships they have cultivated in the Portland area and beyond, as well as the direct influence their work has on the community.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
The health of a community is heavily influenced by the health care system that serves it. Health care systems have potential to reach people who need help the most, if working properly. Much of the research at CORE helps the health system makes decisions

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
Everything that is created at CORE is a product of a team effort. I am so proud to be a part of that team! 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
My favorite thing about living in Oregon is the beautiful outdoors! My favorite thing to do is explore - any direction you head there are many places to enjoy. My favorites are the cliffs and sandy beaches on the Oregon coast, the Columbia Gorge waterfall hikes, beautiful blue waters of Opal Springs, hikes around various lakes on Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Ape Caves and rafting the Deschutes River.

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Natalie Royal, MS, MPH
Associate Research Scientist
503-215-8107 
Email 

Biography
Prior to joining CORE, Natalie worked in the field of public health and nutrition research in Boston, coordinating and supporting studies that range from clinical and school nutrition to cancer prevention. She has always been interested in the power of qualitative research methods.

Natalie graduated from Tufts University's MS/MPH program in 2013, focusing on health communication and food policy. Natalie began working for CORE in February 2014.

Outside of work, she enjoys being active, eating great food and being an active member of the Portland community through volunteering.

Education
Master of Public Health, Tufts University, School of Medicine Public Health and Professional Degrees

Master of Science, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Program Bachelor of Science, University of Oregon

Recent Projects
The Life Study as part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population.

Veggie Rx

Oregon Health Authority OHA Coding

Healthy Living Collaboration evaluation

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
Research brought me to CORE, particularly the incorporation of qualitative and other innovative research methods.              

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Improving the health care system is an integral piece in shifting the health paradigm to focus more on population health.              

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?  
Incorporating participants into our research. Participants often add the most fascinating and real lens to research – if you have access to that voice, you should use it.   

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
Proximity to my family!

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JT Thompson
Research Assistant 2
503.215.2554
John.Thompson2@providence.org

Biography
JT previously worked for CORE on the Oregon Health Study and rejoined the team in October of 2015.

JT is currently working on a variety of research projects focused around improving the health of underserved populations in Oregon.

Areas of expertise
Qualitative interviewing
Data collection
Continual Process Improvement
Writing

Education
Political Science Degree – Portland State University

Q & A
Why is improving the healthcare system important to you?
Improving health care effects communities as a whole and I strive to help improve the health of my community.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
Giving a voice to the community members that participate in our research projects.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The summer weather and the amazing restaurants around town.

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Sarah Tran, MPH
Research Analyst III
503-215-7196
Email

Biography
Sarah joined CORE in July 2013 as an analyst on projects relating to Oregon's health care transformation. Her public health passion is to use her skills and knowledge of epidemiology to work with others to create innovative and equitable programs and policies that would improve the conditions in which people live, work and play.

Sarah has worked at state and local governments and internationally in the fields of environmental health, maternal and child health and women's health. Her work experience includes conducting public health surveillance, applied epidemiologic research, community-based participatory research and grant writing. Sarah is originally from Vietnam.

Areas of expertise
Public health epidemiology, biostatistics 

Education
Master of Public Health, epidemiology/biostatistics, Oregon Health & Science University
Bachelor of Science, bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley

Languages
English
Vietnamese

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I have always been drawn to organizations like CORE that work to improve the lives of the underserved. I am inspired by our team's mission and vision and especially the talented staff here. 

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Health care systems are vital to a healthy community. I think these systems work best when they are responsive to the communities they serve. Often times though, the needs of certain groups (such as communities of color, refugees/immigrants, LGBT, etc.) are not represented in these systems and organizations like CORE can help close that gap.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
I like how we combine quantitative and qualitative methods in our evaluation work to put together a comprehensive narrative of a program's impact on their patients' outcomes.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
My family and I appreciate the variety of terrains that make road-tripping fun in Oregon.

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Keri Vartanian, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
503-215-2594
Email 

Biography
Keri joined CORE in January of 2015. She has more than ten years' experience developing and running research projects. Her research expertise is in biomedical engineering, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, immunology, genomics and public health.

Keri enjoys integrating her biomedical research expertise in a public health setting with the goal of improving community and population health outcomes.

Prior to joining CORE, Keri received her Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in 2009 with a concentration on biomedical engineering and cardiovascular disease. She did postdoctoral research at OHSU in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department where she did basic science research and drug development.

Areas of expertise
Biomedical science Education Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health & Science University
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Arizona

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Redesigning Service Delivery through the Tri-County Health Commons

Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health Care

Connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Cardiovascular Disease in the Local Low-Income Population

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I came to work at CORE because of the translational nature of their work and their emphasis on improving the health of the community.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
That we are working, collectively, to understand and address the social determinants of health.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love the scenery and easy access to so much natural beauty.

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Maggie Weller, MS
Project Manager
503-215-7186
Email

Biography
Maggie began working at CORE in January 2014 and currently aids in the management of a variety of exciting studies, including a 3-year behavioral health integration study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Prior to CORE, Maggie supported the implementation and optimization of two of the Health Commons programs as a project manager with Health Share of Oregon. She has also worked as an operational liaison and project manager at the Oregon Health Authority, as well as an operations manager for progressive ballot measure campaigns with the group Our Oregon.

Maggie brings a background in project coordination, operations and cross-organizational collaboration. She lives in North Portland with her wife and two pups.

Education
Masters, Women's Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Winona State University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health Care, American Public Health Association annual meeting. November 4, 2015.

Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 – 2017.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The amazing CORE staff who are so dedicated to improving community health and supporting each other.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
Completing the Health in Housing evaluation and presenting on the findings at the 2015 American Public Health Association conference.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
So many places to camp, hike and canoe!

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Chia-Hua Yu, MBI
Reporting Analyst II
503-215-7170
Email 

Biography
Chia-Hua joined CORE in November 2015 as an analyst to develop reports, data visualizations and other data products to support client operations and decision-making. Prior to joining CORE, Chia-Hua worked as an informaticist with the Maternal and Child Health program at the Oregon Health Authority. His work experience includes designing and implementing lightweight data solutions for public health nurses and analysts, carrying out statistical analyses and creating information visualizations for internal and external customers.

Areas of expertise
Statistics, business intelligence, informatics

Education
Master of Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health & Science University
Bachelor of Arts, Reed College

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
My favorite aspect of working at CORE is being amongst a dedicated team who both appreciate the finer points of data science, while having a keen understanding of the mission. 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The vibrant culinary scene and natural beauty.

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Kiesha Sanchez
Project Manager
503-215-2588

Biography
Kiesha holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration, and a Master of Science in management and organizational leadership. Her thesis was a productivity time study conducted in a non-profit educational organization utilizing the DMAIC Improvement Process, (Lean Six Sigma), and Systems Thinking. Her work experience includes project management and project coordination in both non-profit, health, and educational organizations. During her off-time, she enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters and family, warm water fishing in the Gorge, and domestic and international travel.

Areas of expertise
Lean & Agile Methodologies (Scrum Fundamentals Certified)
Organization Development & Management
Database Maintenance & Graphic Design
Quality Assurance & Compliance
Performance Standards & Measures
Program Evaluation

Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. 

Q & A
What drew you to working CORE?
It is a place where I can continue to learn and grow in my dedication to being a project management professional, but most importantly, CORE has given me the opportunity to become a part of a team of amazing and committed individuals who share in my passion for helping and working with our community, while partnering with other organizations that also share in our commitment and goals. 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Being two hours or less from the coast, the desert, the mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and downtown Portland. Where else can you get that much variety so close to home?

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Samantha Shepherd
Operations Manager
Email 

Areas of expertise
Strategic Communications
Capacity Building
Coalitions and Organizing
Community Engagement
Health Policy and Social Justice
Equity and Diversity
Non-profits and Public Administration
Project Development and Implementation
Leadership Development 

Education
MA Applied Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

Q & A
What drew you to work at CORE?
To progressively impact health care systems, evaluate health reform, and improve social justice through health.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
CORE is busy! We've instituted team-wide systems recently to streamline project management, internal communications, and resource allocation. This work helps us conduct better research now and prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
It's beautiful!

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RE Buckley
Research Assistant II
Office Desk Phone: 503-215-7552
Office Cell: 503-310-0052
Email

Biography
Buckley comes to CORE with a BA in Spanish and politics from Willamette University and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where they braved their first (and hopefully last) winter in the snow. Buckley has experience in teaching, creating collaborative policy with varied stakeholders, and policy research. Buckley uses they/theirs pronouns.

Areas of expertise
Social determinants of health research
Americans with Disabilities Act policy research
Public Administration

Education
MPA (Master of Public Administration), Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
BA, Spanish and politics, Willamette University, College of Liberal Arts

Q & A
What drew you to work at CORE?
CORE's commitment to understanding how social determinants of health (like our environment, social structure, and culture) impact certain communities disproportionately inspired me to join the team and contribute to CORE's work.

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